I received this beautiful set of 5 “How To” books as a gift from my Bruce Almighty last Christmas and I adore them. Written by Zen Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, these pocket-sized, short “tips” books, are written for those of us who are all about our practice of mindfulness.
When I posted a photo of these Mindful Essentials on Facebook, a good friend commented “I can’t stop chuckling to myself thinking, “Dang….you need books on all of that?!!” I smiled and thought to myself “Yes. Yes I do.” For me, mindfulness is a practice. It is to be sought out. It is to be studied. It is to be shared. And so, I do all of this with my new favorite “How To’s”. I keep at least one in my tote or backpack throughout the day so that I can grab it and tune in on the train or in between classes at lunch. I keep another or two by my bedside to grab first thing when I wake or before I sleep. I study the words and the light of Thich Nhat Hanh as he honors us with anecdotes from his gift of a life. And, finally, I share tidbits with my family, my friends, and my students when a passage strikes a cord.
And because we’re fast approaching Valentine’s Day. Here’s a little diddy from to How To Love:
Love Is Organic
Love is a living, breathing thing. There is no need to force it to grow in a particular direction. If we start by being easy and gentle with ourselves, we will find it is just there inside of us, solid and healing.
p.s. I’d love to know your 5 favorite “How To’s” on mindfulness. Be sure to leave a note in the comments!